State Record Fish

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Missouri has a long, proud tradition of fishing, and its abundant lakes and streams have produced exceptional fish. MDC has developed the State Record Fish Program to acknowledge and honor anglers who have caught the largest recorded fish from a list of recognized species found in Missouri waters.

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  1. To qualify, the applicant’s fish must:
    • be captured by legal methods from Missouri waters,
    • be a species included on the Missouri State Record Fish list.
    • meet or exceed the current record.
  2. New open records must meet or exceed the Master Angler minimum weight for that species to be considered.
  3. Anglers may be recognized in two different categories: “pole and line” or “alternative methods” (this includes trotlines, throwlines, limblines, banklines, jug lines, spearfishing, snagging, snaring, gigging, grabbing, bow, crossbow or atlatl).
  4. Fish must be weighed on a certified scale in the presence of an employee of the Missouri Department of Conservation.
  5. The entry must be examined and identified by a Department of Conservation Fisheries Biologist or Conservation Agent familiar with the genus. If these persons cannot identify the species with certainty, they must seek the assistance of a designated fish identification expert. Call (573) 522-4115 ext. 3501 for assistance in finding and contacting the nearest identification expert.
  6. Genetic testing will be performed by the Missouri Department of Conservation when necessary for positive identification at no cost to the applicant. Potential record fish may be frozen, but should not be mounted or consumed prior to receipt of a letter confirming the record.
  7. A color photo of the fish is required.
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Alternative Method: Bow: Sunfish: Redear

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Alex Phillips holds redear sunfish in one hand and young girl in his other arm.
Weight
lbs.
2 lbs.
oz.
1 oz.
Lake or Stream
Table Rock Lake
Date
04/28/2021
Angler
Alex Phillips
Hometown
Ash Grove, MO

Pole and line: Gar: Longnose

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Local fishing guide Cindy Dennison is holding longnose gar with angler Anthony Schnur Jr standing behind her.
Weight
lbs.
32 lbs.
oz.
10 oz.
Lake or Stream
Table Rock Lake
Date
04/07/2021
Angler
Anthony Schnur Jr.
Hometown
Pevely, Mo.

Alternative Method: Snagging: Sucker: White

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Harvey Smith holding white sucker with Conservation Agent Jeff Harris.
Weight
lbs.
6 lbs.
oz.
2 oz.
Lake or Stream
Roark Creek
Date
03/27/2021
Angler
Harvey Smith
Hometown
Sparta, Mo.

Pole and line: Perch: Yellow

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Sharon Christopher holds her state record yellow perch
Weight
lbs.
2 lbs.
oz.
7 oz.
Lake or Stream
Bull Shoals Lake
Date
03/07/2021
Angler
Sharon Christopher
Hometown
Cedar Hill, MO

Pole and line: Gar: Spotted

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Devlin Rich holds his world record pole and line spotted gar
Weight
lbs.
10 lbs.
oz.
9 oz.
Lake or Stream
Wappapello Lake
Date
02/25/2021
Angler
Devlin Rich
Hometown
Williamsville, MO
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World record for pole-and-line

Alternative method: Throwline: Sunfish: Longear

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Recognized before the requirement to meet or exceed the Master Angler minimum was instituted.
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Robert Audrain III holds his state record longear sunfish
Weight
lbs.
0 lbs.
oz.
4 oz.
Lake or Stream
Private pond
Date
07/03/2020
Angler
Robert Audrain III
Hometown
St. Louis. MO

Alternative method: Bow: Sucker: Spotted

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John Garver holds his state record spotted sucker
Weight
lbs.
3 lbs.
oz.
6 oz.
Lake or Stream
Duck Creek Conservation Area
Date
05/01/2020
Angler
John Garver
Hometown
Williamsville, Mo

Alternative method: Bow: Shad: Gizzard

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Joseph Duncan shows off his state record gizzard shad.
Weight
lbs.
3 lbs.
oz.
9 oz.
Lake or Stream
Private Pond
Date
04/19/2020
Angler
Joseph Duncan
Hometown
Fredericktown, MO

Pole and line: Sucker: Spotted

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Tyler Goodale poses with his state record spotted sucker
Weight
lbs.
5 lbs.
oz.
4 oz.
Lake or Stream
Duck Creek Conservation Area
Date
04/01/2020
Angler
Tyler Goodale
Hometown
Poplar Bluff, MO
Note

World Record

Alternative method: Trotline: Redhorse: Shorthead

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Bryant Rackers holds his state-record shorthead redhorse.
Weight
lbs.
2 lbs.
oz.
6 oz.
Lake or Stream
Osage River
Date
02/16/2020
Angler
Bryant Rackers
Hometown
Bonnots Mill, MO